Seattle architect Tom Kundig, FAIA, of Olson Kundig Architects and lead designer of Eleven Eleven East Pike (a debut condo project for the firm), is a winner in the Multifamily Living category of the American Institute of Architects’ 2011 National AIA Housing Awards, one of 18 honored nationwide.
Eleven Eleven East Pike is located in the Pike/Pine corridor also known as “Auto Row”. The first car dealership opened there in 1905 and for a good number of years, this used to be the only area in Seattle where you could buy a car. A century later and Auto Row is now home to a number of art venues, restaurants and retail stores. Trader Joe’s, Capitol Hill Arts Center, and Seattle University are all nearby.
Kundig drew from the area’s history and gave Eleven Eleven East Pike tall, wide windows, high ceilings and an extensive use of steel. The exterior siding panels are selected, by each unit owner, from a selection of classic 1950’s car colors. It’s designed to give current and future buyers a mix-a-match aesthetic.
Kundig took that concept a step further. Famous for combining architecture with invention in his designs, or “working art”. Eleven Eleven East Pike’s units contain an exclusive “Puzzle Door” system. With a track running along the ceiling and wheels along the bottom, you can move the door around and place it as a wall wherever you want one, giving you the freedom to customize the shape of your interior spaces.
Kundig also introduced his original “Urban RV” in this project. Another piece you can move around, you can transform the Urban RV into a coffee table, a kitchen island, or even a desk. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, and a rooftop garden offers a peaceful place to enjoy the famous Seattle views.
The AIA Housing Awards was established to recognize the best in housing design, and ”to promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.” Its jury was impressed by the exterior space flexibility, “which gives the project richness and a joyful appearance.” Both high and low-density projects for public and private clients were considered which, along with architectural design features, also included how well the projects fit into the neighborhood, open and recreational space, transportation and quality of life.
Eleven Eleven East Pike meets LEED requirements for Development Density, Site Selection, Alternative Transportation and Storm-water Management. There are five homes remaining, with sizes ranging between 623 to 754 square feet, and prices run between $229,950 and $314,950. An extra $15,000 buys you a parking space.
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You have ten chances left to live in a work of art. Two-thirds of this remarkable building’s homes are already sold. Priced to sell at 35% off the original price, and taking FHA financing, it’s a great time to get in on a Seattle original.
Eleven Eleven East Pike (Eleven Eleven) have open one-bedroom loft floorplans and is the debut boutique condo project of local award-winning Seattle architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Kundig is famous for combining architecture with invention in his designs, or “working art”, and Eleven Eleven received special attention. Each unit has an exclusive “puzzle wall” system. With a track running along the ceiling and wheels along the bottom, you get a wall you can move around, giving you choices in how to shape your interior spaces. Kundig also introduces his original “Urban RV”. Another piece you can move around, you can transform the Urban RV as you need to into a coffee table, a kitchen island, or even a desk. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, and a rooftop garden offers a peaceful place to enjoy the famous Seattle views.
Another closeout incentive includes a Smart Car “Smart fortwo” vehicle for selected homes. Smart Cars, manufactured by Daimler/Chrysler, are the country’s most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid, gasoline-powered vehicles. And here’s a piece of trivia for you: it was first developed in the late 1980’s by the makers of the Swatch watch! They wanted to create a small but stylish city car, using the same manufacturing and personalization methods that were so successful with their watches. Soon known as a Swatchmobile, the concept was first sold to Volkswagen, and eventually wound up with Daimler.
Eleven Eleven is located in the heart of Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor, central to a number of art venues, restaurants and retail stores. Trader Joe’s, Capitol Hill Arts Center, and Seattle University are all nearby. Home sizes range between 612 to 795 square feet, and prices run between $239,950 and $359,950. Make your move today by filling out our contact form at this Stroupe Group link!
We have recently been given a press release from Pryde + Johnson regarding another bulk buy sales strategy for LEED Silver (targeted) built Hjarta in Ballard and Florera in Greenlake – units will be sold at up to 35% off original pricing in an alternative to auctions.
“We’re meeting the market on price and are committed to selling through as condominiums,” said Curt Pryde, principal of Pryde + Johnson and developer of both Hjarta and Florera Condominiums. “Homebuyers will also benefit from our preferred selection, FHA financing (3.5% down payment), today’s low interest rates and other limited-time incentives such as Federal tax credits up to $8,000 (for purchases contracted before April 30, 2010).”
As we understand it, several dozen sales have been generated to date using the sales strategy at The Decatur and Eleven Eleven East Pike. Rather than slowly lowering prices over a longer period of time (which seems systemic at many projects), Realogics was able convince the developer and their lender to explore more dramatic cuts in hopes of garnering quicker sales. The block of sales also helps shore up FHA financing and unit appraisals. In theory, this establishes a stabilized market value for the remaining sales while resolves a common concern amongst “wait and see” buyers that prices will drop further after buying. Hjarta and Florera will be undergoing a similar strategy and should offer some great deals for those who take advantage.
Studios (578 – 598 sq. ft.) will start from $244,950
One bedrooms (614 – 921 sq. ft.) will start from $274,950
One bedroom plus dens (792 – 923 sq. ft.) will start from $314,950
Two bedrooms (1,037 – 1,447 sq. ft.) will start from $399,950
Two bedrooms plus den penthouses (1,331 – 1,578 sq. ft.) will start from $589,950
Three bedroom plus den penthouses (1,909 sq. ft.) will start from $799,950
Pryde + Johnson appears to be motivated to sell now so buyers can take advantage of the extended homebuyer tax credit, and today’s historically low rates. Since rates will soon begin to climb, and the homebuyer tax credit will soon expire, these are exceptional opportunities for buyers who are interested in living outside the urban core, but within one of two prime urban neighborhoods. The official sales release will begin on March 27 but you can preview in advance – open houses will be scheduled for each weekend or by appointment. March 27th is the same weekend as Escala reintroduces sales at price drops and 5th & Madison auctions their remaining inventory so it should be a marketplace as buyers hunt down bargains.
Disclaimer: These projects are listings of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s “special projects” division, which is affiliated but independent of the “resale” division co-founded by James Stroupe and Moira Holley.
Congratulations to Realogics for making an impressive amount of sales at The Decatur and Eleven Eleven East Pike with their Bulk Buy sales program! Neither building had previously had any sales for the year. Since releasing 21 condos at Decatur and 9 others at Eleven Eleven, 20 buyers have snatched up the opportunity.
Based on the 20 sales to date, [Sam] Cunningham (Managing Broker and Partner of Realogics Brokerage, LLC) estimates buyers purchased at prices that were between 25 and 30 percent off previous list prices, depending on the product. The pending block of sales are also helping unit appraisers by using an inter-building value matrix instead of relying solely on surrounding market comps. Third party comps alone may temporarily suppress unit values, given the increased activity of condo auctions and short sales within the marketplace.
Eleven Eleven East Pike is also taking part in the “bulk sales” approach in efforts to sell one-third (nine) of their vintage designed homes in one of Capitol Hill’s most trendy areas. Auctions don’t typically do as well if it’s not one of the first to take place, so the bulk buy strategy seems to be getting some momentum when it comes to reducing prices and attracting new buyers.
With the first release of homes being released at prices between $255k and $379k, price reductions are down 20 to 25 percent from their original list price.
As with the bulk buy option that was set up for Decatur, buyers can get in for a refundable deposit of only $500 until the end of the month, and they must be scheduled to close by November 30th.
Developer William Justen is also reported in a DJC article expressing some concern for needing to take this approach since the address is somewhat of a boutique project designed by an acclaimed architecture firm.
“It doesn’t seem to matter what a buyer is willing to pay anymore, it only matters what an appraiser thinks because that affects what a lender is willing to lend,” said Justen. “The reality is that our industry is being commoditized by the lender community, and that means that a niche development like Eleven Eleven East Pike, which was never designed for the masses, is nevertheless being held back by a homogeneous appraisal market”.
The project is certainly unique with its red exterior, custom-designed puzzle walls, along with Cupcake Royale occupying its retail space. The project is located on a section of East Pike Street filled with eclectic shops like the Ferrari/Maserati/Alfa Romeo store, a couple of different record stores, tons of pubs, and just as many small diners.
Other projects designed by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects include 98 Union, Hillclimb Court, Pike and Virginia Building and the redesign of Merrill Place–all very desirable properties with unique boutique addresses.
Eleven Eleven East Pike is really taking shape in its Pike/Pine triangle neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Each unit will be flooded with natural light from a wide expanse of north or south facing windows. And beyond are fantastic views of the Pike/Pine streetscape, as well as the Space Needle, downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Olympic mountain range. Eleven Eleven East Pike is the brainchild of Tom Kundig, award-winning architect and principal at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, and Anne Michelson, long-time Capitol Hill resident, business owner, property manager, building owner and developer. It will be completed this fall.
Exterior shot of Eleven Eleven East Pike. Notice the large windows and modern roof line, as well as the tree being carefully protected during construction.
Residents will benefit from a lot of natural light streaming in from the over-sized north and south facing windows.
This is the view looking west from the shared rooftop terrace, which will be wired for a gas grill.
Hosted by ek Real Estate Group at Boom Noodle in Capitol Hill, the new 1111 E. Pike Street development by Tom Kundig looks like it will be a great new edition to the hill. Generally, when an architect announces that a project will be their first (condominium project), it’s commonly a red flag. However, there’s always exceptions. Kundig’s design blends well with it’s neighboring structures and homes have an excellent use of space with moving walls and big, wide, open windows.
Floor plans include fourteen open one-bedrooms, twelve traditional one-bedrooms and one two-bedroom penthouse priced from the mid $200’s to low $500’s (penthouse priced over $800k) with square footage ranging from 600 to 1125 square feet (average 700 square feet). Design features include nine-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit movable hanging puzzle walls, custom-built “Urban RV” movable storage and countertop units and a modernist roof line. The project is also built green and it’s location’s Walk Score is a 98. Amenities include a lobby and rooftop terrace. ek Real Estate Group also made sure that the area’s nightlife was communicated as a selling point (although late night noise may not be pleasing to many).
There also won’t be much of an emphasis on presales, so be sure to watch for these homes to hit the market come Fall 2008 if interested.
A select group of real estate professionals have been invited to attend an event which will unveil plans for 27 new residential homes designed by Tom Kundig. Principal at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects (architects for the Pike & Virginia Building), Mr Kundig’s laundry list of credentials include:
- Recipient of a 2007 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
- Princeton Architectural Press released Tom Kundig: Houses in 2006.
- Finalist for the 2005 National Design Award for Architecture, sponsored by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
- Recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
- One of eight North American Emerging Architects by the Architectural League of New York and was elected to the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2004.
- Awarded a total of twenty-three AIA awards, including four recent National AIA awards (for The Brain, Chicken Point Cabin, Delta Shelter and Tye River Cabin).
- Published in over 250 publications and exhibits featured in many locations worldwide.
This is Tom Kundig’s first condominium project and their public relations company has boasted that although these would “normally have a hefty price tag,” Eleven Eleven East Pike will be a “rare opportunity(ies) for high design at a more affordable price.” You can view more renderings and project description on the OSKA website.
Here are some award-winning buildings by Kundig: